The Gift – a new initiative for Stockton Sparkles

Not only is Christmas a time for fun and family, it’s also a time for giving, which is what the new initiative, The Gift, is all about. It gives you the opportunity to donate gifts, or your time, to help support the vulnerable and alone in our Borough this Christmas.

You can donate gifts from now by visiting the Rediscover Stockton Shop (134b High Street) or you can donate at the event on Stockton High Street on Saturday 16 December.

You can donate:

  • Toiletries (sets) and sanitary products
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Deodorant (particularly Lynx for the males)
  • Lip Balms
  • Hand Creams
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Hats, Scarves & Gloves
  • Hairbrushes
  • Bobbles
  • Alarm Clock
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Chocolates
  • Biscuits

You can also donate your time on Saturday 16 December to help wrap the gifts and make up hampers. Why not bring the family and get involved making crafts and writing Christmas cards! There will be plenty of activity and craft tables for everyone to get involved in – you can help collect and wrap the gifts, write Christmas cards, design paper decorations to include in the hampers and more!

There will be a selection of festive entertainment and carols to keep you warm in the festive marquee.  In exchange for your donation, Matty’s Bistro will even provide you with some soup, bread roll and a delicious mince pie!

Preston Park’s Christmas Bazaar starts today!

The Christmas Bazaar is back for its third year!

Running from today (2nd Dec) until Sunday (3rd Dec), you can pop down to enjoy festivities at the traditional Christmas Bazaar on the Victorian Street and Music Room.

There will be the opportunity to meet Father Christmas (£5, including a gift, limited availability), Christmas Carols to join in with,  festival foodie delights, letter-writing to Father Christmas (£2), and Magic Reindeer Food making.

As well as all of this, there will be a huge Christmas market with a whole range of stalls and sellers, including Blackbird Textiles, Calder’s Kitchen, Richmond Brewing Company, Blackwell’s Butchers and many, many more. To see the full list, please click here.

This event is open from 10am-4pm throughout this weekend and is free to visit with museum admission, so be sure to take a look! It’ll be a fab event!